Top 10 tips for first-time skiers

Learning to ski can be very exciting, but at the same time it can be very frustrating. Skiing is not easy to master and the initial learning curve can be quite steep. Follow our top 10 tips for beginners, and hopefully you will develop a lifelong love of the sport and become a happy and competent skier.

Skiing tuition

1. Take some lessons in the UK before departure. There are numerous indoor and outdoor facilities within the UK where you can learn the basics. See the GO SKI GO BOARD to find your nearest places to learn.

2. Don’t let your friends or family “teach” you how to ski. There is a big difference between being able to DO something and being able to TEACH it. Always use a qualified instructor in the resort. They are professionals who will teach you properly. Your safety will be their primary concern. It’s not just about learning technique but about learning how to use the lifts safely and finding out which runs are appropriate for your ability.

3. Don’t let anybody try to persuade you to ski on runs that you are not ready for. Being so scared that you freeze in terror is not part of the learning process.

4. Follow the FIS Code of Conduct.

5. Improve your fitness levels before you go. Skiing is a physically demanding sport and there is no substitute for prior preparation.

6. Kit yourself out with some decent equipment. There is no need to buy the most expensive gear on the market, but make sure that you buy a good quality ski suit that is insulated, breathable and waterproof. A cold and wet beginner is a miserable beginner. Warm, waterproof gloves are very important too.

7. Wear a helmet. There are numerous debates about this but in the end it comes down to common sense. You wouldn’t get in the car and not wear the seat belt.

8. Don’t be tempted to drink at lunchtime. Staying on your skis whilst sober is enough of a challenge. If you are really tired by late afternoon, don’t be tempted to do one last run. It never ends well.

9. Take a small backpack. Don’t carry cameras or phones in your jacket pockets as they can cause internal injuries if you fall on them.

10. Be patient. Don’t try to run before you can walk. Learning to ski takes time and if you build some good foundations in the beginning, you will ultimately become a better skier.

Ceri Tinley is the Co-Founder and MD of Consensio Holidays.

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